'Wayne Rooney's new contract will keep him at Manchester United for the 'b*****k of his best playing days,' England manager Roy Hodgson slips up live on television
Manager used the word when interviewed after the Euro 2016 draw
Sunday 23 February 2014
Obviously excited by England's kind Euro 2016 qualifying draw, England manager Roy Hodgson made a slip of the tongue live on television when talking about Wayne Rooney's new five-and-a-half year contract with Manchester United, saying he had committed "the b*****k of his best playing days" to David Moyes's side.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the draw in Nice, where England drew San Marino, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovenia, plus Hodgson's former team Switzerland, the manager was asked about Rooney, who seemed destined to leave United during the summer but is now settled at Old Trafford, and signed a deal on Friday which would take him up to the age of 34 worth a reported £300,000 per week. Hodgson said he was "happy" the striker's future is sorted, although he never had any doubts about him even if it was not concluded before this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
"I trust Wayne and I think that even if his future had not been settled in this way he would still have focused on the World Cup," Hodgson said.
"He's made the decision now, he's committed his entire future, or certainly the b*****k of his best playing days. We are very happy for him, and of course we are happy for Manchester United and ourselves as well."
Whether he meant to say bulk or b*****k, Hodgson also revealed that he sees Rooney as the future England captain, but does not expect current skipper Steven Gerrard, who will be 36 by the time the Euros come around in 2016, to retire anytime soon, such is his form for Liverpool this season.
"Wayne I am sure is a future captain of England and maybe when the day comes that Steven hangs up his boots he will be straight in there," Hodgson added.
"[But] I certainly wouldn't want to write either of those players off."
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